Southern vibes? On rhythmic features of (Midi) French

Autor(en): Meisenburg, Trudel 
Stichwörter: Language & Linguistics; Linguistics; Midi French; Occitan; Rhythm metrics; Schwa; SPEECH; Stress-timed; Syllable-timed; VARIABILITY
Erscheinungsdatum: 2013
Herausgeber: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Journal: LANGUAGE SCIENCES
Volumen: 39
Ausgabe: SI
Startseite: 167
Seitenende: 177
Zusammenfassung: 
One of the characteristic features of Midi French, probably stemming from contact with Occitan, is the massive presence of schwa vowels that tend to be deleted in Northern French. To establish whether this extra vowel causes the Southern varieties of French to be even more syllable-timed than the close-to-standard Northern ones, different parameters of rhythm metrics have been applied to stretches of spontaneous and read speech, recorded in Southern and Northern French, as well as in Occitan. Since the results display extensive variability in all computed scores, they do not corroborate our hypothesis, but rather challenge the assumption that French is a typical syllable-timed language. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 03880001
DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2013.02.014

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